Allison Janney picks her first Oscar for I, TONYA

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"I did it all by myself", Janney joked, eliciting a roar of laughter from the audience. It got a significant laugh, but she quickly added, "Nothing further from the truth". Janney then thanked the Academy and the four other women in her category.

Asked if her day-to-day life might change now that she's an Oscar victor, Janney said she had to go right back to work at 10 a.m. Monday for a table read for her CBS sitcom "Mom". The star of stage and screen, looking glam in heels and a mauve dress, has just endured a furniture malfunction midway through a photoshoot.

The 58-year-old Janney was considered all but a lock for the win for "I, Tonya", a dark comedy that follows the figure skater's life leading up to the 1994 attack of rival Nancy Kerrigan. "Good going girl, I'm proud of you".

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The cream gown with fitted bodice and full skirt, with black-and-gold embroidery was a tribute to her late father. Haddish remarked during her opening monologue on the sketch show.

"This is for Hal [her late younger brother, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 49]", she concluded. What were her mother and father like? And this is for Hal.

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A seven-time Primetime Emmy Award victor for her television work, the actor's breakout role was as White House Press Secretary-turned-Chief of Staff C J Cregg on the NBC drama The West Wing (1999-2006).

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"I kind of didn't dare to have dreams like this, because I didn't want to be disappointed", Janney said backstage, holding her Oscar.

"I've played a lot of mothers in my life", Janney, who stars as a recovering alcoholic on the CBS sitcom "Mom", said late a year ago. "I've been in movies that have gotten recognition, like Juno and American Beauty and The Hours, but I've never been singled out like this before".

Roles came swiftly. Gracing TV shows As the World Turns and Law & Order, she made her movie breakthrough in films like Big Night and Mike Nichols's political drama Primary Colors, which proved crucial.

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